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Bringing Montessori to America: S. S. McClure, Maria by Gerald L. Gutek, Patricia A. Gutek

By Gerald L. Gutek, Patricia A. Gutek

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Bringing Montessori to the United States traces in engrossing element probably the most attention-grabbing partnerships within the heritage of yankee education—that among Maria Montessori and S. S. McClure, from their first assembly in 1910 until eventually their ultimate acrimonious dispute in 1915.
Born at the Adriatic, Montessori first entered the area level in 1906 because the innovator of a progressive instructing strategy that creates an atmosphere the place young ones study at their very own speed and start up abilities like examining and writing in a spontaneous manner. As her college in Rome speedily attracted cognizance, interest, and fans, Montessori recruited disciples whom she immersed in a rigorous and special teacher-training routine of her personal creation.
McClure used to be an Irish-born media baron of America’s Gilded Age, most sensible referred to as the founder and writer of McClure’s Magazine. opposed to the backdrop of Theodore Roosevelt’s Bull Moose insurgency, the bright and mercurial McClure used his flagship ebook as a motor vehicle to improve innovative occasion explanations. After assembly in 1910, McClure and Montessori launched into a five-year collaboration to introduce Montessori’s leading edge educating sort within the United States.
Gerald and Patricia Gutek hint the dramatic arc of the partnership among the Italian instructor and American writer united via a imaginative and prescient of academic switch within the usa. After her triumphal lecture journey in 1913, Montessori, safe in her belief of her American accomplice, gave McClure her energy of legal professional and again to Italy. The surge in approval for Montessori schooling in the US, although, deeply involved Montessori, who had heretofore exerted overall keep an eye on over her technique, gear, faculties, and instructor education. the yankee entrepreneurial spirit, besides a wish to disseminate the Montessori approach quick, resulted in significant conflicts among the Italian educator and American businesspeople, relatively McClure. Feeling betrayed, Montessori ended her dating together with her erstwhile collaborator.
Gutek and Gutek describe the attention-grabbing tale of this primary wave of Montessori schooling within the usa, which failed to maintain itself in the course of Montessori’s lifetime. it'll now not be until eventually the Fifties that Montessori schooling used to be revived with the winning institution of Montessori academies through the United States.

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It amuses me and surprises Cameron. ”107 His wife, Harriet, more of a realist than her husband, wrote to her sister-­in-­law Helen McClure, admitting the unpleasant truth, “Sam has no longer any responsibility in the magazine office. ”108 From the time of his first publishing job as editor of The Wheelman, McClure knew he was unsuited to be, nor did he want to be, an employee. A man of many ideas, he wanted to be free to pursue his own initiatives. Thus, McClure’s working as an employee of the new corporation that carried his name was doomed.

Sensitive to his psy­cho­logi­cal hills and valleys, McClure did some self-­analy­sis of his condition. He recounted that in De­cem­ber 1882, he had contacted typhoid fever and was in the hospital for three weeks. He recalled: “My physical weakness showed S. S. McClure • 21 itself in occasional fits of depression.  . ” 81 Despite his periodic depression, McClure, at other times, was vivacious, energetic, and determined to overcome all obstacles. He appraised himself, “When I had an idea, I pursued it; when I wanted anything, I went ahead and got it.

Baker’s article on the anthracite coal strike of 1902. Thus the origin of what was later called the ‘muck-­raking’ movement was accidental. ” McClure, disliking the sweeping brush of muck-­raking, said they were investigations designed to bring reforms for good government. He said the articles “dealt with very serious questions, involving large property rights and large labor situations, and I believe that there was not an error of any importance in these articles. ”76 S. S. McClure achieved personal and financial success, which included memberships in men’s clubs, invitations to the White House, socializing with senators and ambassadors, and, in 1903, moving his family into a large imposing house at Ardsley, overlooking the Hudson River.

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